Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Orange Moon Tuesday, January 24, 2023 “Guidance: Consecration, and Confidence”

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…


              "Guidance: Consecration and Confidence"         



    Good decision making requires knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.  We must possess facts - knowledge - organize and coordinate them - understanding - and then properly apply what we know to circumstances, conditions, and situation - wisdom.

   "For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding" (Proverbs 2:6).

   God, of course, possesses knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in infinite measure.  He promises to impart guiding light to all who seek Him for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who believe that as we ask accordingly, He will provide.

     "For Thy name's sake lead me, and guide me" (Psalm 31:3).    
     "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord" (James 1:5-7).

   Consecration and confidence place us in the proper frame of heart whereby we can expect our Heavenly Father's guidance.  He will lead us to think well and decide well as seek to honor Him, and as we determine to trust Him.  Challenges will meet us along the way, and sometimes "This is the way, walk ye in it" may take time to discover (Isaiah 30:21).  In our present state of imperfection, we may also sometimes miss the Lord's leading.  However, as His glory and trustworthiness guide our heart and minds, we can expect His heart and mind to consistently guide our hands and feet.  "He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake" (Psalm 23:3).

   We all rightly want to know what to do in every aspect of our lives.  However, why we desire guidance must be established - "For Thy Name's sake."  Expectation must also accompany our seeking - "Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering."  Yes, consecration to the glory of the Lord Jesus and confidence in God's promise to lead us as we seek Him will prepare us to the good decision making that so reveals His good guidance, based on His good and faithful heart.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."
 (Proverbs 3:5-6)
"In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence."
(Proverbs 14:26)

Weekly Memory Verse
    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
 (I Corinthians 12:12)












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